- Audible Audio Edition
- Listening Length: 7 hours and 50 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Evolved Publishing LLC
- Audible.com Release Date: May 6, 2016
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01F7KPHTG
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Wind Catcher: Chosen Series, Book 1 Audible – Unabridged
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Top Customer Reviews
Why is this book a MUST READ? The characters are well developed as far as Juliet knows them. We meet new people through her eyes. She is humble and fears that she is inadequate - a normal teen angst, right? We feel her fear, trepidation, anger, and even love... she is kind hearted and wants to help those who are unable to help themselves. While she suffers from being bullied, she goes into overdrive to protect the sensitive Katie. I love a heroine with a heart! Oh, Juliet does protest too much! We KNOW she loves Troy! Troy, Katie, Marlon, and Ella are great friends to have when you're in danger! The characters are so real - gotta love Marlon and his bottomless pit stomach! They have their strengths and their weaknesses; yet, despite the fear and the odds against them, they step up together.
The story takes a possible supernatural twist as we are taken along to learn about Native American culture and beliefs. This is treated with great knowledge and sensitivity - and this adds to the story. While there are murders to solve, we are taken on a quest for truth... and many other twists and turns along the way. Things are not always as they seem!
It's also a beautiful story about Juliet and her changing relationship with Sicheii (grandfather). We watch how she changes her feelings again and again... I loved how she grew in this aspect as well. :)
I really wanted to read this story based on the synopsis - and... the fact that I have read and enjoyed another book by Jeff Altabef! Too, this is definitely a beautiful story made more so as it was written by a father/daughter team!
I was given a free copy of this book, and I am happily sharing this review. I loved this story so much, I had to get one as well! Once you read this, you will know what I mean! Read it! You will fall in love with it! I can't wait to read the rest of the series!
The story started off a bit slow, but the pace picked up about 1/3rd into the book. Characters were fairly well-developed, writing was good (only a few typos/grammatical errors), and everything tied together by the end. I would call this a "soft" cliffhanger, the story continues in the next book, but the plotline for this book did finish. I will be getting book 2.
I received a free copy from the authors and am willingly writing my honest opinion.
The book blurb adequately describes the storyline so I'm not going to repeat all of that info here. The authors did a good job of giving readers an overview of what this story and series is about. Juliet wanted to be a normal teenager but the Spirits had other plans for her. Even though the events in this book were over a short timeline, there are a lot of twists, turns, and surprises written in the storyline. I really enjoyed Chosen and the mix of an Indian culture and beliefs combined with an ancient alien civilization. I look forward to reading more of the Chosen series.
I wasn't a big fan of the main character Juliet though and it may be because I'm almost always impatient with teenaged characters. I know, I'm such an old fart, but I just couldn't connect with her. My problem with her started when she first started suspecting her grandfather. I just found it odd that her first concern was his involvement and not his safety. She also made some weird decisions that put her in danger. Anyway, I really am impatient with teenaged characters. LOL.
I also wasn’t a big fan of the somewhat sci fi twist. I mean, I happen to love sci fi, but this one didn't really appeal to me as much. Maybe because I was just hoping to delve more into the American Indian myths and culture. It was different though and I can appreciate the authors’ intent to mix these different elements.
Overall, this book wasn’t too bad. It still had an interesting main story. If you like YA stories about young characters coming into their destiny, you can give this one a try.